Person-centred care – what does it really stand for, and why do we need it today? 

Ageing populations across the world have resulted in health and social care services coming under increasing pressure as they attempt to treat and look after greater numbers of older people. In addition, social commentators have noted changing expectations amongst older people, an increasing number of whom expect to be more directly engaged in decisions about their health, and to be supported to self-manage their health, and in particular chronic conditions.
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Guest Blog: Dr Claire Sexton – The Future of Public Health: How can magnetic resonance imaging studies help inform public policy aimed at promoting healthy ageing?


This blog is one in a series of blogs on the Future of Ageing, published in the lead up to the ILC-UK Future of Ageing conference on the 24th November. To register to attend this conference, click here.


The number of people aged over 65 in the UK is predicted to rise by 12% (1.1 million) between 2015 and 2020.

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Guest Blog: Rochelle Amour, Ageing Consultant and Writer – The Future of Healthcare: The challenges and opportunities facing Trinidad and Tobago’s aging population


This blog is one in a series of blogs on the Future of Ageing, published in the lead up to the ILC-UK Future of Ageing conference on the 24th November. To register to attend this conference, click here.


A few weeks ago, a video of an 89-year old man being physically and verbally abused at a private Old Age Home in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) elicited national outrage on social media. The incident raised serious concerns about the challenges Trinbagonians face regarding the health and care of older persons. Continue reading

World Diabetes Day Special Guest Blog

Malcolm Bigg, 69, was diagnosed in 2001 with Type 2 diabetes. Ahead of World Diabetes Day on Saturday, Malcolm explains how he turned his life around with the help of an education course.

“I was watching a play on television about someone who had diabetes. All the symptoms he was talking about applied to me. A quick visit to the doctors confirmed the diagnosis and panic set in.

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Guest Blog: Prof Neil Pendleton, Salford Royal NHS Trust – The future challenges and opportunities of health and care in an ageing society


This blog is one in a series of blogs on the Future of Ageing, published in the lead up to the ILC-UK Future of Ageing conference on the 24th November. To register to attend this conference, click here.


At its simplest, we know lifespan is increasing, and that our health and social needs become more complex as we age. And we know this changing demographic is generating huge challenges for our health and social care system which can struggle to meet even acceptable standards of care, especially for frail older adults. So how do we respond? As a hospital consultant, I agree that we can and must do better for older people. Most commentators are calling for radical system change, but what is needed? What are the opportunities presented by devolution and the integration of health and social care in areas such as Greater Manchester? And what improvements can we expect? Continue reading